English Computing Dictionary
◊ IMPLICIT PARALLELISM
implicit parallelism
A feature of a programming language for a {parallel
processing} system which decides automatically which parts to
run in parallel.
The best way of providing implicit parallelism is still an
active research topic. The problem is to generate the right
number of parallel tasks of the right size (or
"{granularity}"). Too many tasks and the system gets bogged
down in house-keeping, or memory for waiting tasks runs out,
too few tasks and processors are left idle.
The best performance is usually achieved with {explicit
parallelism} where the the programmer can annotate his program
to indicate which parts should be executed as independent
parallel tasks.
(1995-02-16)